verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rein
Synonyms for rein
Origin of reins
Related Words for reincurb, restrict, suppress, repress, restriction, deterrent, line, governor, strap, harness, bridle, brake, bit, hold, check, halter, compose, halt, smother, collect
Examples from the Web for rein
Contemporary Examples of rein
In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Congress itself ironically recognized as much in its effort to rein in presidential use of force after Vietnam.Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?
September 21, 2014
There are times where we do takes that are so crazy that we have to rein it in.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz
September 16, 2014
He organized a bipartisan effort to rein in the National Security Agency that came within a few votes of passing the House.Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP
June 12, 2014
Hopefully, the Ukrainian people will rein in their ‘heroes’ for the cause of the greater good.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?
February 26, 2014
Historical Examples of rein
He gathered in the rein until he had it six inches from the bit.
To use the one rein meant a crash into the rail, and surely death.
Then he wiped the rein with his coat tail and looked at it admiringly.
Throbbing with a grateful, craving allegiance, I seized the rein.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The first thing that occurred to him was to free Mukhorty's leg from the rein.Master and Man
Word Origin for rein
Word Origin for reins
c.1300, "strap fastened to a bridle," from Old French rene, resne "reins, bridle strap, laces" (Modern French rêne), probably from Vulgar Latin *retina "a bond, check," back-formation from Latin retinere "hold back" (see retain). To give something free rein is originally of horses.
c.1300, from rein (n.). Figurative extension "put a check on" first recorded 1580s. Related: Reined; reining. To rein up "halt" (1550s) is from the way to make a horse stop by pulling up on the reins.
see rein (n.). Figurative sense "means of controlling; control, check, restraint" is from early 14c.
see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.